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Optical Tweezers: A Force to Be Reckoned With
- Killian, Jessica L., Ye, Fan, Wang, Michelle D.
- Cell 2018 v.175 no.6 pp. 1445-1448
- Nobel Prize, biophysics, mechanics, optical traps
- The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded jointly to Arthur Ashkin for the discovery and development of optical tweezers and their applications to biological systems and to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for the invention of laser chirped pulse amplification. Here we focus on Arthur Ashkin and how his revolutionary work opened a window into the world of molecular mechanics and spurred the rise of single-molecule biophysics.